Opinion
By Séamus Smyth

A  handful of students who have a persistent, relentless sleeping disorder will be searching for a cure while there will be undoubtedly be three times as many baggy-eyed ghouls looking for pity when SAIT hosts an insomniac seminar this month.

Generation-Y, the Facebook generation, the deeply indebted generation or collectively known as the spoiled rotten generation love to assume the worst when it comes to a minor glitch in their system.  Students who can’t remain focused on a task for ten minutes immediately jump to the conclusion that they suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder.  Those who prefer keeping their room tidy instead of roaming around in a boar’s nest of clothing and dishes say it’s due to their un-diagnosed case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The latest student prescription is regarding their inability to fall asleep. No no,  it couldn’t be a self-correcting issue,  for it must be the most extreme case of sleep deprivation, more commonly known as insomnia.

Yes, no matter how many herds of sheep these poor zombies count, they just can’t manage to fall victim to the Sandman.

But is this really an unsolvable conundrum that one can’t fix on his or her own? According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, the following can lead to major sleeping issues: a lack of exercise, too much caffeine (especially during the day), heavy smoking and using the television or computer before going to bed.

In other words pounding back six venti cinnamon dolce latte’s during your regular school schedule and then firing off 15 text messages just before you attempt to dose off is surely not the remedy.  Same goes for smoking enough tar to alarm an activist and beginning a LOST marathon at 11 p.m. on a school night. When was the last time you broke a sweat that wasn’t stress related? According to the afro-mentioned website, giving the body a brisk work-out can help the great sleep predicament.

Although I am no sleep expert, I personally sleep like a 3-year-old boy after a big day at the beach. So my advice would be to try turning off all technological devices and submit your attention to a good-old fashioned, hard-covered book. Allow your imagination to put in some last minute work before you magically dose off.  Without channel-flipping, dialing, texting and sexting, your body is finally allowed to prepare for a few hours of doing absolutely nothing; if you can’t refrain from your coffee or cigarette fix, at least try to schedule the gorging a few hours before bed time.

Hopefully this helps you finally get up on the right side of the bed for once in a blue moon and allow you to be thankful for being relatively disorder free.

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